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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Theo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs

They’ve always said it was inevitable, but the later in the season it got, a little doubt started to creep in.

Chairman Tom Ricketts and president Theo Epstein hammered out a new deal that will keep Epstein in charge of the Cubs’ baseball operations for five more years. Epstein’s contract had been set to expire at season’s end.

The deal surpasses the $8 million annually that Dodgers baseball czar Andrew Friedman garnered in fall 2014 to become their president of baseball operations, sources said. Friedman’s deal had been an industry standard.

Worth every penny.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Q&A with Kim Ng, Senior Vice President, Major League Baseball

Kim Ng is a trailblazer. Since 2011, she’s been Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball operations, working under Joe Torre. When she was hired as the Yankees’ assistant general manager in 1998, she was the youngest in MLB history (at 29) to hold the position and one of only three women. She served the same role with the Dodgers for more than a decade. Before that, she was the youngest person and only woman to present salary arbitration cases. Many believe Ng (pronounced “Ang”) will become the first female general manager in a major sport.

In this Q&A with Excelle Sports, Ng talks about whether she wants to be a GM, the realities of being a woman in baseball, and whether the game will adopt an international draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Braves’ front office situation seems unsettling |

Then they changed their mind. It’s called image preservation. The decision was made to fire Gonzalez, and it was done clumsily by Coppolella. (Gonzalez receiving an emailed itinerary for a one-way ticket out of Dodge before he had been told anything.) Then it was the more-polished Hart who parachuted into Pittsburgh and did most of the media commitments, in part because public speaking isn’t Coppy’s forte.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 77 comment(s)
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